Re: Help picking my 2nd instrument (BASS)
I did the same thing a few months ago. I bought a cheap dean for about $100. I haven't had any problems with it, and I'm only using ot for learning on, not worried about gigs. I haven't bought an amp yet either (have a PA) I know my bassist friends would get on me about tone, but right now I'm not worried about playing out with it.
As far as learning to play, if you know some basic music theory you're set. Once I knew what to tune the strings to (EADG) then realized each fret is a half-step, you can find any note you need. I have a friend who learned to play bass just by ear playing along with the radio. It's fun stuff.